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Old 05-10-2004, 09:27 AM   #1
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Unhappy CXOffice - does it work?


Hi all,

At the moment, I still need to keep winXP only because for my work I mainly use word, excell and powerpoint. I also use StarOffice, but it's not quite the same. I get documents from others who made it in MSOffice and it doesn't always convert well.

Then I heard about Cross Over Office, and decided to give that a try. I have the demo version at the moment and initially I thought my windoze days would be over at last! But, the problem is that the programs frequently crash, especially Word and Powerpoint.

Questions: is it as bad with the regular (paid) version? I'd love to spend $50 to be able to work with a decent Office package, but not if it keeps crashing on me. What kind of experiences do others have? Can it be a fault in the installation which causes the crashes? Any sugggestions more than welcome!

Btw, I'm running Slack 9.1 with kernel 2.6.4.

Cheers, Leon.

EDIT: I installed MS Office XP; does it make difference if I had installed another version, say 2000?
EDIT2: I will test that last question tonight and post back about the result ;-)

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Old 05-10-2004, 10:24 AM   #2
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paid and trial versions are the same.
 
Old 05-10-2004, 01:30 PM   #3
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CXoffice works absolutely fine here - i also run adobe photoshop, pagemaker, macromedia flash , dreamweaver.
the problem with trial is that its for 30 days only and , everytime u run a win app thro' it , an annoying box opens up informing u of trial verison
 
Old 05-10-2004, 01:38 PM   #4
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how well does PM run though crossover office?

ive been looking into moving away from M$ and to a 100% *nix setup at my office.

4 things keeping me form doing it right this sec.

1. i use Quickbooks pro 2002 for my business
2. i use PM7
3. i have an all -in-one HP printer. found some drivers, but have yet to have a chance to test them.
4. i dont know enough about *nix yet to secure it, and netowrking it properly.

currently i use win2k server and TS to access QB remotly from both my POS (point of sale) comptuer and my main workstation. i also use TS to access QB remote when im on the road or from my house.

im learning more about *nix everday i get a chance, but it took a few years and some guidance to get as good as i am now with M$, i am sure it will take a comperable amount of time to get that good with *nix.

so id love to know how well PM runs for you as that will reduce one less stress point to be concerned about.
 
Old 05-10-2004, 09:12 PM   #5
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Office XP works fine for me, but I don't know about Office 2003.

When you install Office, make sure that you don't install the Office Assistant. This causes Office to crash when it trys to give you a tip. The best solution is to simply not install the office assistant at all, and most people don't seem to miss it anyway.

I found some apps don't work, such as MS Visio.

I also find that Office actually runs better than it did when actually running under windows.

--Ian
 
Old 05-11-2004, 02:06 AM   #6
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Pagemaker is a bit slower than windoze , but the fonts on the verical and horixontal rulers SUCK!
 
Old 05-14-2004, 12:19 PM   #7
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thats not good to hear. hmm ok thanks.
 
Old 05-14-2004, 09:57 PM   #8
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doesn't adding some true type fonts to your x font server help?
 
Old 05-14-2004, 11:35 PM   #9
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didnt help in here
 
Old 05-14-2004, 11:42 PM   #10
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Does anybody give me a link where I can download cxoffice?
 
Old 05-15-2004, 01:40 AM   #11
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http://www.codeweavers.com
 
Old 05-15-2004, 01:57 AM   #12
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Thanks Downloading now.
 
Old 05-15-2004, 06:47 AM   #13
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CrossOver Office works well for me

CrossOver Office has always worked well on my computer. About two years ago I used it to run the full student version of MS Word 2000 and Excel 2000 under Red Hat 7.3. That worked good. Later on I upgraded to Red Hat 9 and installed full retail version of Office 97 Professional, and the full retail version of Adobe Photoshop 7. I have almost never had one of those programs crash. I did not install MS Access. When I installed CrossOver Office I did not use the RPM version , I used the the Loki installer version instead. On their web page it said this about the Loki installer version of CrossOver Office:

"This installer will work on any version of Linux, and should install and operate under any conditions. This version is the only version that can be installed completely in a user account, which is, in our opinion, the best way to install CrossOver."

When I installed CrossOver Office I was logged in under my ordinary user name, I did not log in as root or use the "su" command. I installed it that way under Red Hat 9 and then again later when I recently replaced Red Hat 9 to Slackware 9.1. When I installed CrossOver Office 2.0.0 under Slackware I used the Loki installer verison of while logged in as an ordinary user. Most of the installation went OK but I did get some errors that I believe had something to do with the Gnome menu. If I remember correctly, when I clicked on the foot icon it not list CrossOver Office the menu. From the command line, I finally found where the cxsetup program was and started it up by typing what I have below. Notice that there is a small period in front.

./setup

I was then able to install Word 97, Excel 97, Powerpoint 97 and Adobe Photoshop 7. I had to go to the directory where they had been installed and start them them from the command line. All the programs worked perfectly. I then added all of those programs to the gnome menu.

I have never tried to do anything very difficult with MS Office or Adobe Photoshop. I have never used macros with Word or Excel and did not have any Word documents linked to spreadsheets. The programs have never crashed. With Excel I did have a problem with one spreadsheet that I originally created in Excel 97 under Windows. I then sometimes edited it with the Open Office spreadsheet and at other times with Excel 97 under Red Hat 9. At some point I had a problem editing the contents of several cells and had to delete the contents of those several cells and re-enter the formulas. After that the spreadsheet was OK again. I do not know if the versions of Office that I used or how I installed it or use it had anything to do with how well it works. I have not tested the use of those programs as hard as some people might want to do. I use the 2.4.22 kernel with Slackware 9.1.

I have wondered about is the fact that MS Word documents can contain macro viruses. What would happen if someone e-mailed me an infected Word document that I then opened with Word 97 under Slackware. I feel more comfortable knowing that I do not have it installed and running as root. Would macro viruses be a danger or not? That was my longwinded description of my experiences. By the way, CrossOver Office 3.0 came out a few days ago.
 
Old 05-15-2004, 07:25 AM   #14
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Crossover Office works fine here. I don't use it alot (don't like running Windows apps in Linux), but the apps don't crash when I use them.
 
Old 05-15-2004, 12:57 PM   #15
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I have used office 97 & 2000 without any problems.

not tried xp as codeweavers only gives it "silver"
 
  


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